Health Briefs

Compassion festival to be held in Telluride

The Telluride Compassion Festival and Conference will be held July 18-22 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride.

For the third year, Stanford University CCARE and Telluride Institute will investigate the science, the cultural practices and the educational potential of compassion.

This year’s festival will explore how participants can increase compassionate interaction in their regional communities.

For more information, visit

Community health discussion Wednesday

Community members are invited to a discussion about the “Health of Our Community” from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

The meeting is held to discuss existing community health resources and gaps and prioritize community health issues.

This information will be incorporated into a community-health assessment sponsored by San Juan Basin Health Department, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Pagosa Springs Medical Center.

For more information, email

Lifework Foundation announces events

Colorado Lifework Foundation will hold these programs:

A six-week study group about dreams will be held at 4 p.m. beginning April 11. The fee for the course is $50. It is intended for people who have participated in “The Choice of Transcendence” or who have had significant therapy. For more information and location, call Therese Michels at 247-0435.

“Divorce and Beyond,” a 10-week faith-based program, will begin in May. People who have gone through a separation or divorce are invited to share their struggles in an accepting and confidential setting. The cost is $50. For more information, call Paula Schaub at 749-3027. “What about the Children?” will take place while the adults are meeting. The program is for children ages 6 to 12 who will share games and activities in a separate room. This program enables children to articulate the confusion and tensions their parents’ divorce brings into their daily lives. For more information, call Alice Shaw at 375-2313.

“The Choice of Transcendence” currently is taking place at Durango Space, 1221 Main Ave. For more information, call Melaney Sreenan at 382-0008.

“Healing of Memories Meditation” will be offered individually or in groups. It is geared toward those who have participated in the above programs. For more information, call 247-0435.

Public-health week to be celebrated

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and local public health departments will celebrate public-health week today through Sunday with the theme “10 Winnable Battles.”

The battles are: clean air, clean water, infectious disease, injury prevention, mental health and substance abuse, obesity, oral health, safe food, tobacco and unintended pregnancy.

For more information, visit the display at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., during April or visit

Heart Safe to offer CPR, first aid training

Heart Safe La Plata will offer these CPR and first-aid trainings in the training room of the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority building, 142 Sheppard Drive:

A basic first aid class will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. This four-hour course will provide a two-year certification. An adult CPR/AED course will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. This course will provide a two-year certification. The cost for both courses is $65.

A combination class of CPR and basic first aid will take place April 10. The CPR class will begin at 9 a.m., and the first-aid class will begin at 1 p.m. The cost for the class is $65.

CPR for the professional will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. April 12. The cost is $50.

Instructors are available to teach at businesses or organizations. For more information, visit or call 769-7473.

Herald Staff